The Original #Dogs Whisperer #DogBooks

Before Cesar Millan and the explosion of TV dog trainers, there was Dr. Patricia McConnell, a world-renowned animal behaviorist and author, who has published a new dog book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of A Woman and Her Dog.

McConnell takes her years of animal expertise to come to terms with her own troubled past while treating a fearful, aggressive Border Collie named Will. Also, be sure to check out her past best-sellers, For Love of A Dog and The Other End of the Leash.

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Top 100 Books for #Dogs and their People!

Wesley Banks, author of the newly-released Faith in Every Footstep, has compiled a list of his Top 100 Dog Books using a complex, dog-eared algorithm of ratings, reviews, and sales (call it Moneyball for Mutts) — and It’s Just A Dog is proud to chew up the #30 slot!

Also, Mr. Banks is gifting a bundle of classic dog books this weekend — so check out his giveaway here on his website!

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#Dogs and Their People…too!

The pooch-lovin’ publicity hounds at BarkPost are entering the book publishing biz soon with their dog owners’ crowd-sourced book, Dogs and Their People. And you don’t have to wait in line when it comes out if you pre-order at Amazon!

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Christmas Eve Smackdown: #Cats vs. #Dogs Books!

When families get together over the holidays, some relatives can’t help talking smack — even when it comes to their favorite pet books! So, Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times breaks down this year’s best cat vs. dog book stocking stuffers!

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@DeanKoontz Talks #Dogs!

Have you ever wondered how Dean Koontz pumps out all those mystery novels? perhaps he has a ghostwriter…dog?

Whatever the case may be, if you want some good old-fashioned advice from this hot new dog columnist, then check out Koontz’s latest, Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn.

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Dr. Seuss Needs Your Help: #Dogs or #Cats?

18artsbeat-seuss1-blog480A few weeks ago, the literary world discovered some unpublished works from the former home of longtime cat fan, Dr. Seuss. Whether or not the treasure trove was buried in the pantry underneath the stockpile of green eggs and ham, we’ll never know — but on July 28, the first title, What Pet Should I Get? — will be released for all of us animal lovers to adore! (NYT)

Self-Publish Your Own Dog #Books For Dummies by @JFBookman

self publishers ultimate source guide joel friedlander betty kelly sargentIf you’ve ever been interested in writing your own dog book — or any book, for that matter — then you might want to sign up for The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent. This bare bones book is less a ‘how-to guide’ and more like a directory — as it contains very little text — but is filled with hundreds of valuable links to editors, book cover designers, marketing/publicity gurus, and various publishing pros who can help your story stand out from the pack. Let’s face it, there are millions of books out there competing for eyeballs — and this one could help save you a lot of time and effort!

That said, this book is definitely tailored to scribes who have some knowledge about the publishing process and/or have already finished their manuscript — and just need some additional help during the post-writing stage. Please make sure to do your own research and stick with a budget when it comes to hiring any so-called ‘publishing experts’ — because nobody is going to care more about your book than YOU!

Animal Madness?

I know most of us dog/cat/pet lovers are mad about our animals — but what if the animals we love have a serious mental illness and, literally, go mad? Well, now there’s a book out by Laurel Braitman called Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves — that probes deep into the minds of our furry loved ones.(WSJ)

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When Bad Things Happen To Good Dogs…

Not to be an alarmist, but if you’re a dog owner, then you know there’s a million ways that our furry friends can get into trouble — perhaps even serious tragedy. From heat stroke to choke collars, Dr. Judith Samson-French, a vet surgeon, does her duty to make dog owners more aware of potential dangers in 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution for Dog Lovers.

I know the book doesn’t sound like a real laugher, but there’s no doubt some very useful tips for us all!

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Decoding Your Dog!

Having problems figuring out why your dog is the way he/she is? Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, a new how-to guide from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin), may be able to provide you with some answers! (USA Today)

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